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ECHO- Programme Assistant (Group II) (Kabul, Afghanistan)

FullTime Afghanistan, Kabul Posted 21/03/2023, 8 months ago

Industry: International Humanitarian Organization

Role: Other

Salary Range: Monthly basic salary range is EUR 3,042

Closing: 10/04/2023




General Affairs

ECHO Field Network

The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. ECHO works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Aid is channeled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality, or political affiliation.

ECHO is recruiting Two National Staff to be based in Kabul as a Programme Assistant (2 posts).

DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect of diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and developments opportunities.

Job Description

  • The Programme assistant carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response.
  • She/He contributes to the appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of projects, including financial assessment of proposals, prepares progress reports and advises on the operational capacity of implementing partners.
  • She/He drafts reports, accompanies Technical Assistants on field visits and pro-actively follows local or regional events.
  • She/He ensures communications  with partners, including maintaining grants database.
  • She/He participates in meetings as required, as well as prepares missions.

A detailed Terms of Reference (including competencies required and more detailed information on the tasks) is available at

Job Requirements


  • A relevant first level university degree or equivalent professional experience.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations, including at least 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor, or national/international organisation;
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system;
  • Good knowledge of International NGOs, UN Aid Agencies and Red Cross Movement;
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies and standards;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc).


  • Excellent knowledge of English (verbal & writing)
  • Excellent knowledge of Pashto and/or Dari (verbal & writing) – excellent knowledge of both is an advantage.

How To Apply

Applications MUST comprise of:

  • A cover letter (maximum of 1 page) setting out the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position;
  • A detailed CV in the European Commission (EC) standard format only (The EC Standard format can be downloaded from the web page of the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan vacancy announcement. No other format will be accepted.
  • Academic and relevant employment certificates certified true copy by the applicant;
  • The name, position and contact number/details (telephone, e-mail) of three references (including HR department and the supervisor), one of them being a recent employer;
  • A copy of the valid work and residence permit to live and work in Afghanistan (in case of non-Afghan nationality)

The Employment Conditions

The contract is initially for one year with possibility of renewal subject to a successful completion a 3- month probationary period and following a positive annual evaluation. 

As an indication, the monthly basic salary range is EUR 3,042 which corresponds to five years of relevant experience and will be adapted according to the exact duration of relevant professional experience supported by a work certificate.  Besides the basic salary, the employee will receive disability/retirement allowance, 13th month salary, transportation allowance, food allowance, as well as a medical coverage. (The salary is subject to local taxes.)


ECHO employees observe the National Staff code of Conduct which is available on the link:

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates must abstain from contacting the ECHO Kabul office for information on the selection process. 

Any form of canvassing, soliciting or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification.

“Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.”

The privacy statement can be found on ECHO website.


The Authority Authorised to Conclude Contracts (AACC) reserves itself the right to amend the job requirements in line with the local labour market conditions.

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